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Title: Paranormal Attributions for Anomalous Pictures: A Validation of the 'Survey of Anomalous Experiences'
Contributor(s): Irwin, Harvey J (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: A psychometric test known as the 'Survey of Anomalous Experiences' (Irwin, Dagnall & Drinkwater, 2013) was designed to differentiate between a proneness to anomalous experiences and a proneness to attribute such experiences to paranormal factors. In an attempt to validate the test's index of proneness to paranormal attributions an online survey was undertaken to assess the relationship between this index and respondents' interpretation of pictures depicting anomalous events. The survey was completed by 104 Australian university students. A tendency to interpret the pictures as documenting a paranormal event was found to be related to both proneness to anomalous experiences and proneness to paranormal attributions, but the latter of the two relationships was distinctly stronger than the former. These findings are deemed to provide validative support for the 'Survey of Anomalous Experiences'.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 79(1), p. 11-17
Publisher: Society for Psychical Research
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0037-9751
Field of Research (FOR): 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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